ANNOUNCING: English Beer Writer/Historian Ron Pattinson To Appear At Broad Ripple Brewpub

photo courtesy of Ron Pattinson

If you love beer, particularly well-balanced with history, I’ve got an evening for you. World-renowned British beer writer/historian, Ron Pattinson, will be appearing at Broad Ripple Brewpub on April 29th at 7:00, in an evening that promises to be one-of-a-kind.

And even better – this is a free event!

The author of beer history books that Pattinson claims are “mostly significant for their one-word titles, ‘Porter!’, ‘Mild!’ and ‘Bitter!’, he also has authored, “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800-1965.” Additionally, you’ve probably seen Pattinson’s monthly column in BeerAdvocate magazine.

In support of a new book featuring over 350 historic Scottish beer recipes, Pattinson will be at Brewpub to discuss some of these beers on his “Macbeth – The Brutal Truth About Scottish Beer”, tour. Indy is one of just a few U.S. cities where he will be appearing.

Well, you ask, how exactly will he discuss this? And how can we measure what he’s even talking about? So here’s where it gets fun. Ron will be counting on a handful of Indianapolis-area homebrewers to bring life to some of those old recipes.

If you like traditional Scottish ales, you may be surprised because “traditional” here takes on a new meaning. Look no further than the 1851 William Younger XP, a single-malt, single-hopped (SMaSH) pale ale with over 13 ounces of East Kent Golding hops. With a calculated 184 IBU’s, this beer preceded Scotland’s BrewDog’s irreverent beers by about 150 years.

Photo by Rick Burkhardt

Or maybe the beer that I brewed, an 1879 William Younger S2 stout. With a surprising 62 IBU’s, you might think the old recipe had been left illegible and a mistake was made.

My discussion with Ron Pattinson about this event began last fall after I saw (trolled) a Twitter conversation between him and beer-famous writer, Stan Hieronymous, whom I had the pleasure of sharing beer with a couple times last year. Ron was considering coming to a few Midwest U.S. cities for a “tour”, and I simply suggested that he come to Indianapolis.

Within an hour I had received an email from Mr. Pattinson himself, asking what was I suggesting. I had no idea what he meant by that but in my best “Jake from State Farm” email voice, I think I responded, “Uh…beer?”

Since Ron is an English gentleman (now living in Amsterdam), I naturally provided some history of Broad Ripple Brewpub and fellow countryman, John Hill, Brewpub founder. One thing led to another and now he will visit Indianapolis, opening our curious mouths to these historic brews.

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Image courtesy of Ron Pattinson

For the homebrewing component, noted area homebrewers Ron Smith, Tim Palmer, Tom Wallbank, Andrew Korty and Jason Lee will brew beers from these unearthed recipes. The beers then are distributed one at a time to Brewpub guests as Pattinson discusses the history of each beer.

To put a cherry on top of the night, BRBP Head Brewer Jonathon Mullens also joins in the fun by brewing up a signature beer that will be available to purchase.

So come on out, hear some great old stories and try some beer that will provide you with a new perspective of Scotland’s brewing history. You will not want to miss this event!



You can follow Ron Pattinson on twitter at, and visit his blog, Shut up About Barclay Perkins (an actual quote/demand from his son!).

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